In this digital age, one would think that everyone would be typing, texting, and Twittering their memos, letters, notes, and short messages. My own writing benefitted from the advent of the word processor. For years, even into my adult years, my writing suffered. I was ineffectual in communicating my ideas and thoughts because, as hard as I tried, my fingers could not keep up with the flow of thoughts in my mind. By the time I recorded one point, three more had already came, went, and were lost. Now my fingers fly across the keyboard at 80+ words a minute and my fingers, finally, can keep up with the flying thoughts and ideas.
However, despite my unbelief, there are those out there who still handwrite! When I meet with attorneys, notes are taken on a legal pad. Attending meetings with district personnel, I've noticed that no one uses a laptop to take notes. Again, the ubiquitous legal pad is the tool of choice. Agreements are hammered out in longhand first and signed, only to be processed into more formal documents later. I'd even venture to say that if each of you look at all the written communication that you produce, you would find that the majority of it is in handwriting. It follows, then that if handwriting still plays an important part in how we communicate with others, it's important to make our handwriting as legible and neat as possible.